We chose to represent the four platforms we researched as distinctly sized globes. Each globe consists of an outer layer and inner core.
The outer layer is meant to represent the expectation that a person might have of what the article will be like based on the information shown in the preview by that specific platform. We went through each platform and examined the way that they formatted their previews. We counted up the elements provided (ex: headline, caption, image, source, date, etc) and compared those numbers against each other and also to what we might find in a traditional newspaper article preview.
Facebook, for example, decorates their article previews in an elegant way. The headlines even appear in a serif typeface. We don't see that typeface being used anywhere else on the platform. They have done this very intentionally. The design sets high expectations even though the article might completely be clickbait material. Reddit, on the other hand, does not boast stylized previews. The emphasis is placed on the headline and source. The design is very stripped down and to the point.
The inner core represents the quality of information delivered by each platform. How well did the platform do in meeting the expectations generated by the preview? The size of the inner globe depends on two key factors in particular. We took into consideration the amount of content provided in addition to the validity of the source. Of all the globes, Twitter Moments disappoints the most in its news delivery. The New York Times outperformed the others in actually meeting expectations. They are an accredited platform providing full-length articles with supporting media written by verified reporters.